Children at Risk credited the AG's office for its aggressive efforts in the area. Just two years ago, the office created the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Unit that works on criminal prosecution. They will never testify against the owners. The state passed a law last year allowing the Texas attorney general to use deceptive trade practices regulations to go after businesses marketing themselves as massage establishments when they don't have a state license for such services. State law allows the AG's office to not only shut down the businesses but to assess financial penalties as well. But it's usually the women — who are often Asian or Latina — who ended up getting arrested and not the men running the illicit businesses.
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Analysis finds 55 massage parlors within 1,000 feet of schools in Dallas County
But the law is so new, no cases are known. They said more needs to be done to address the culture that props up such dangerous businesses. Children At Risk officials say undercover police often raid such establishments. And a sampling of many found that they didn't have a state license to offer massage services. The group's analysis comes just after federal officials shut down the classified website Backpage. And 55 of these parlors are within 1, feet of Texas public schools.